OCD is characterized by recurrent obsessive thoughts followed by compulsive acts

  • Recurrent & Intrusive thoughts, images, impulses
  • Recognizes as the product of their own mind
  • Recognizes thoughts as Irrational & Senseless
  • Ego dystonic – UNWANTED and UNACCEPTABLE
  • Repetitive behaviors in response to obsession
  • Done to reduce stress and anxiety

Symptoms > 2 Weeks for diagnosis
Lifetime prevalence ~ 2-3%
Depression is the m/c co-morbid condition

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